Thursday, October 22, 2009

PHOTOS: First Ever Indo-US HALO Mission, At Cope India 09



A US C-17 Globemaster-III, conducts a high altitude low opening (HALO) mission with four US Air Force airmen and 12 Indian air force Garud paratroopers on October 21.

Photo Copyright US Air Force/Capt. Genieve David

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Its a great exhilarating feeling to fall freely for good about 40 seconds. Pity we don't have inexpensive clubs to do this kind of jumping as an adventurist in India. In the US there are jump shacks and skydiving for pleasure is not uncommon. You can buy the equipment and get going pretty quickly without much fuss. Some flying clubs in India can make a beginning in some cities. There are 'lunatics' everywhere !!

Anonymous said...

The guys don't look kitted out for a HALO jump, Shiv. I mean, no oxygen tanks/masks etc... even the U.S. guy is devoid of these fitments. Looks more like a medium altitude sky-diving thing.

Anonymous said...

US way of tactical marketing is really superior , in coming years india may place orders for globe master 3, any way it is really advantage for india otherwise these needful items will not be available for india immediately , if indian armed forces need also , it takes another decades for DAC to give positive sign & as usually every year unspent money will be returned to govt. Anyway this defensive weapons will give edge with dragons . Long Live Indo-Russian & Indo-USA relations

Anonymous said...

Apart from the fact that they are not wearing HALO gear, several of the jumpers seem to be senior people who are unlikely to be Garud troopers who tend to be younger.

Shiv you need to double check the story.

Anonymous said...

Why this "diversity" of uniforms? We see more than 2 types or are the colours orange blue supposed to mean something?

Wolfandman said...

Shiv, sorry mate, this is not a HALO jump.

Anonymous said...

Read the USAF 13th Wing Press Release. It says HALO.

Anonymous said...

there is no way these are Garuds....more like Garud's grandad
s!....

probably it is a exhibition jump...

Anonymous said...

>> Pity we don't have inexpensive clubs to do this kind of jumping as an adventurist in India. In the US there are jump shacks and skydiving for pleasure is not uncommon. You can buy the equipment and get going pretty quickly without much fuss. Some flying clubs in India can make a beginning in some cities. There are 'lunatics' everywhere !!


Google Archana Skydiver or Indian Sky Jumpers

Anonymous said...

i defently dont think this jump has any opeational learning..this look like a casual jump.. i think these folks should concentrate more on learning each others operation capabilty rather than spending tax payers money for fun...

Anonymous said...

Well their packs say "AKASHGANGA".

Kartik said...

AkashGanga is the IAF's Skydiving team. these "grand-dads" (as one guy called them) are really experienced and very skilled at para jumping. There are at least 10 members of the AkashGanga team with more than 1000 jumps to their name. It can boast of members who have jumped over both North as well as South Poles, jumped from a height of 30000 feet by day and 25000 feet by night, jumped from balloons and micro-light aircraft and members who have participated in international skydiving championships. As a team, Akashganga can make a ten man Canopy Relative Formation and an eight man Relative Work Formation. Its jumpers can link up with each other in the air, before opening of parachutes after having exited from three different dropping aircraft.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Anonymous@7;28 for the info!

Bobs said...

shiv, thats not a HALO jump....its just an ordinary sky diving exhibition.

an example of HALO jump:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kQv3NYChug

check out their gear.

(fighter+jumper)class said...

why is that silly boy jumping off in reverse cowgirl style , in the second pic? I hope he doesn't hit his head of the roof of the aircraft while going out.